Homespun Homeschool Week #27

Week 27 of Homeschool: We started reading book #4 in the Spirit Flyer series, found Canadian Waters on our maps, started writing a silly song called “The Odd Table,” learned about the exploration of Canada, went to the Inspire Lending Library and played Math Games with friends, performed a series of tests to learn about minerals, had fun learning how to create and crack all kinds of codes, made globe maps showing 5 circles of latitude, folded the pages of Sense and Sensibility to form the word “LOVE,” then started reading it, looked at the helping and linking verb “to be,” learned about Bach’s life, then listened to a piece and discussed what we heard, read more chapters in Moby Dick, and went on a field trip to Black Chasm Cavern, where we went sluicing for stones, and stepped deep into the earth to see a world filled with millions of Helictites!

Homespun Homeschool Week #26

Week 26 of Homeschool: We learned about the early people of the Americas, made a thaumatrope like the ones used in Victorian times, studied Latin 3rd declension noun endings, built a box with layers of filters and little fishy’s to create polarized light, learned what a linking verb is, got to be the umpire in t-ball, learned Latin prepositions, made an Ames room to create optical illusions, went to our cousin’s birthday at Chuck E Cheese’s, learned some parts of the atmosphere, drew an impossible triangle and created our own fractals, and visited a Roseville fire station where we got to hold the jaws of life, get in a fire truck, and try on a real fire-fighter uniform!

Homespun Homeschool Week #25

Week 25 of Homeschool: We learned about the Anasazi, made pop-ups of the 4 levels of Ocean Zones, read about Alexander the Great, learned how to write addition problems using plus and equals signs, wrote silly poems, reviewed the area of a circle, grew crystals on glass with Epsom Salts, water and dish soap, found the cities of Mesoamerica on a map, learned how to tie Gordian Knots, met some beekeepers and learned all about honey and how it is made, looked at chord patterns using only white keys, learned “ou” words and looked some up in the phone book, studied Latin 3rd declension noun endings, and went to Fairytale town!

Homespun Homeschool Week #24

Week 24 of Homeschool: We finished reading book #3 in the Spirit Flyer series, learned Spanish names for animals and played a match-up game, painted upside-down like Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, learned about the wars of the Ancient Greeks and built a model of the parthenon, wrote a presentation on our overnight field trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, started reading Moby Dick, built Wordblobs, finished chapter 1 in The Fellowship of the Ring, discovered our dove had returned and built a new nest in our entryway (more babies soon?), started writing words, and started t-ball!




Homespun Homeschool Week #23

Week 23 of Homeschool: We learned about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln for President’s Day, built structures with toothpicks and marshmallows, worked on our reading with rhyming candy hearts, looked at terms of contrast in 1 Peter, painted in the style of artist Clementine Hunter for Black History Month, spotted a Red Shoulder Hawk in our backyard, performed an experiment to see how air pressure holds up a glass of water, read a love letter from Theodore Roosevelt to his fiancé (President’s and Valentines Day!), performed an experiment to prove that air contains oxygen, then another experiment to see how cold versus hot temperatures change air density, read about the armor of God and made our own, and created a  spin art machine with a box and circuit!


Homespun Homeschool Week #22

Week 22 of Homeschool: We studied ancient Sparta and Athens and made some Spartan warriors, learned some new helping verbs, read Harold and the Purple Crayon and made our own crayon creations, learned some parts of a volcano, read Captain Underpants, performed the first 11 magic tricks from the book 101 Cool Magic Tricks, took a look at naturally occurring rock arches, and build our own using Jenga blocks, play dough, craft sticks and books, read several chapters in Spirit Flyer Book #3, exchanged Valentines at CC and Fusion, worked on our spelling, and started writing a new play called Sans Serif!




Homespun Homeschool Week #21

Week 21 of Homeschool: We learned helping verbs, inspected soil for forms of life, learned how to identify rocks, read in our Spirit Flyer book #3, learned the area of a rectangle, looked at a chrysalis, a blade of grass and a decayed leaf under the microscope, found African Waters on the map, worked on reading and writing, studied our Latin first declension noun endings, learned about the Medes and Persians and Cyrus the Great, practiced ordering numbers, learned the 4 kinds of volcanoes, studied the civilizations of Mesoamerica, and ate like Hobbits for a day!


Homespun Homeschool Week #20

Week 20 of Homeschool: We studied metric measurements, learned about Prince Henry of Portugal and created a music box version of the CC song, learned each continent highest mountain and which is the shortest and the tallest, read Katy and the Big Snow and made our own snow plow, studied our Latin first declension noun endings, used flip books and number stacks to practice addition, learned the geography of the Middle East, grew crystals, learned about the re-civilization of Ancient Greece and wrote our names using the Greek alphabet, read the story of Jonah and made our own Jonah and fish, learned about the Robinson Projection Map and how to use it, read 1/2 of book 3 in the Spirit Flyer Series, and made hot cocoa cupcakes from our Raddish Kids box!


Homespun Homeschool Week #19

Week 19 of Homeschool: We learned about the early Greeks and made a sword and shield out of duct tape, learned 3 main types of rock, drew the bones in our hands, studied our linear equivalents and learned how to measure by inches, gave presentations on our trips to L.A. and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, created art in the style of Ghiberti, reviewed our Latin Noun Cases, learned step 1 of how to juggle, read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, learned new Latin words and phrases, practiced skip-counting by 10’s, and learned a ton of card tricks and practiced on Mom, Dad and Granny!


Homespun Homeschool Week #18

Week 18 of Homeschool: We learned Liquid Equivalents, did a taste test, read about Mexican Jumping Beans, studied Latin noun cases, went for a hike, practiced reading and writing, learned Western Africa’s geography, performed an experiment to see how the earth’s tilt causes seasons, studied Ancient Crete & the Bull Jumpers, learned about the earth’s core, mantle & crust, performed an experiment to see how soil layers form, learned how the Kush mined gold, made shadow puppets and designed our own fishes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, learned compound prepositions, created art like Giotto, and slept overnight at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!